Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Cristóvam 

Tell us about: 

Your latest single you have released:  

‘Ferris Wheel’ – When you write songs, if you’re lucky, once in a while you write  something that you are confident you’ll want to play forever. I think Ferris Wheel is  one of those songs for me. 

I had a first sketch of the song and I showed it to Tim Hart, who ended up co writing the rest of the lyrics with me. 

I feel like the subject of these lyrics is a fragile one. This is a song that speaks  about loving someone with bipolar disorder, about the almost transparent and thin  line that determines how far you can go in trying to help someone without ending  up with a burden that wasn’t your own. We’ve all seen emotionally balanced  people fall into the abyss of depression, because they tried too hard to save  someone who in the end, didn’t want to be saved. This is a song about sometimes  having to choose your own mental health and letting go of battles that aren’t your  own. 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released: 

That would be ‘Walk in the Rain’ from the album Hopes & Dreams. My first solo single was first released in the soundtrack of a movie. So it was twice  the excitement because it was also the first time that a song I wrote was featured  on a film. I remember being at the movie premiere and when the song came in it  really felt like a dream. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track: 

I’m not sure that I can pick just one, they kind of rotate. But this week, I’ll go with  Luna. It is a pretty special song to me. It’s kind of mysterious and a little dreamy  too. It always had this Twin Peaks vibe that I love, and I think that me and Tim,  really nailed the lyrics on that one.

Your favourite song to play live: 

‘Away We Go’ – This song really seems to resonate with people. It’s such a fun  and happy song to play too. I think people can relate with the story that it tells and  it always brings this cool vibe to the room. 

The song that was the longest to write and why?  

Probably Lifeline, because I originally wrote it for a film, and when the time came  to make this record, there were some parts that I really wanted to change, and it’s  usually harder to change a song than it is to write something completely new.  Tim was there to help me with this one and he ended up co-writing it with me. 

Your most emotional track: 

Crooked Lines – It’s probably the darkest song I’ve ever written, and at a certain  moment, I was even considering not recording it because it felt a little too dark to  be on the record and that made me a little uncomfortable. Thankfully, Tim Hart  convinced me to record it and it ended up becoming one of my favorites on the  album.  

The best lyric you have ever written: 

The lyrics are the thing that I am most happy about on this record. I’m really proud  of all of them. If I had to choose just one, maybe today I’d go with The Spin.  I like the simplicity of those lyrics and the way the message gets across.  

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:  

It’s kind of an emotion cocktail.  

Adrenalin, excitement, sometimes a bit of anxiety (if I haven’t done it in a while) but  above everything else, frenetic enthusiasm.  

It’s really what gives me the kicks and I really need it from time to time.

The hardest track to play live: 

Golden Days – I wrote it on this strange guitar tuning that sounds amazing, but it  kind of makes the strings a little too loose because I have to tune them with such  low tension. So when I’m playing it, I have to be a little extra careful in order to  avoid weird buzzes and noises from that. 

Essential items you always take on tour with you? 

Camera, a good set of headphones and a good book

Describe your fans in three words:  

Loyal, kind and respectful. 

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written: 

Rocket Man by Elton John 

What we can look forward to from your band in 2023:

I’m kicking off January with some shows abroad (Netherlands and Belgium) and I  expect it to be a year with a lot of touring going on. I also intend to release some  more music next year.

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